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Call to release baby files

11th October 2006

A politician has called for the release of case notes on thousands of babies created by controversial paediatrician Professor David Southall.

MP John Hemming tabled a Commons motion asking the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to release the notes by Professor Southall, a leading baby expert, but was disciplined last year over his role in an infant death court case. Prof Southall was suspended from child protection work for three years by the General Medical Council (GMC) after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct.

He had accused the husband of Sally Clark of murdering their children. He has remained at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent because of his expertise in treating sick children.

Mr Hemming said his motion was backed by the view of Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson, that the case files should be given to patients. Currently only families who asked for the files they were given them, said Mr Hemming, but most families don’t know the records existed. The notes are on patients across England and Wales.

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